International Choral Conducting Summer School 2019

40th International Choral Conducting Summer School 2019

Artistic Director, Bernie Sherlock

Sing Ireland presents its 40th International Choral Conducting Summer School from the 4th to 10th August 2019 for conductors, teachers, music students, choral enthusiasts, and musicians. Early bird applications close on Monday 30th April 2019.

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Sing Ireland presents its 40th International Choral Conducting Summer School for conductors, teachers, music students, choral singers and musicians. The only one of its kind in Ireland, this seven-day intensive course offers a wealth of expertise from international tutors, all of whom are active conductors and experienced teachers of conducting. With courses designed to meet the needs and abilities of every student — from beginners to experienced and established conductors — participants at all levels will develop and refine their core conducting skills, with more advanced classes focusing on areas such as rehearsal technique, interpretation, vocal technique, style, and pronunciation of languages.

A special invitation is also issued to choral singers who would like to train their voices further and simply enjoy seven days of singing a wide range of excellent choral music. This course also welcomes those who simply wish to observe.

Based in the beautiful surroundings of the University of Limerick, this year’s summer school will provide the usual intensive instruction in choral conducting given by dynamic and inspirational tutors. A range of workshops will cover essential and stimulating topics; there will be daily warm-ups and choir sessions and an evening of masterclasses - all ensuring a varied, vibrant and valuable course to be enjoyed by all.

The International Choral Conducting Summer School is an approved summer course for primary teachers by the Department of Education and Skills Teacher Education Section.

This course offers

  • Exceptional value for money
  • Excellent conducting tuition at a range of levels
  • Tutor-led warm-up sessions and whole group singing
  • Exposure to new repertoire
  • Conducting in final-day concert (optional)
  • One-to-one lessons by private arrangement
  • Observer places available

Level details Levels Description Irish Choral Conducting Summer School

Tutors (click on names to read about them)
Advanced- Zóltan Pad (Hungary)

Intermediate A-Aira Birzina (Latvia)

Intermediate B- Bernie Sherlock (Ireland)

Transition- Josep Prats (Spain)

Foundation- Anne Barry (Ireland)

Beginners- Geoffrey Spratt (Ireland)

Repertoire lists

Available HERE. Music will be available to purchase directly from Sing Ireland. Email for further details.

Workshops 2019

  • Aisling Kenny: Vocal Technique
  • Zoltan Pad: the Fundamentals of Conducting Technique
  • All Tutors: Conducting Masterclasses
  • Orla Colgan: Building the Secondary School Choir
  • Anne Barry: Irish folksong arrangements
  • Geoffrey Spratt: Issues that must be addressed by the amateur choral conductor other than how to waive the arms!


Applications now open!

There are a very limited number of places available and each level will be strictly limited to 12. To secure your place, complete and return the application form along with the appropriate fee payable by cheque, postal order or bank transfer.

Course Fees

Book and pay in full before Tuesday 30th April 2019 to avail of Early Bird rates.

FeesFull PriceEarly Bird
Sing Ireland individual membership + summer school fee€450€409
Sing Ireland Member€420€380
Observer Weekly€205€180
Observer Daily €35€25


  • Fees inclusive of morning tea/coffee break
  • Does not include charges for accommodation / catering (except tea-breaks).
  • Please contact office for more details on these rates.
  • Payment methods accepted: Paypal, cheque or bank transfer.
  • Early bird rates to applications received and paid in full by 30th April 2018.
  • Only full payment secures your place

Accommodation and catering

On campus, self-catering accommodation is located close to the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Further details on how to book available soon. Sing Ireland can also provide details of other suitably located hotel, B&B and self-catering accommodation on request.

A number of on-campus catering facilities are open with lunches ranging in price from €5 - €10. These are all located within walking distance of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

Please contact Sing Ireland at or 061 234823 for further information.

Application Form

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Conducting Summer School 2018